Humboldt County Moves to Purple Tier: Travel Restrictions, Changes to Campus Operations Continue

November 24, 2020 - 4:45pm

Humboldt County Public Health (HCPH) has announced that the county has moved into the purple pandemic tier. Community risk level is considered widespread at this level and new restrictions will be in place. Read about new County restrictions here. 

The most substantial effect of the purple tier is that Humboldt County is now under the state’s Limited Stay at Home Order. This order requires residents to refrain from gathering with non-household members and stop any non-essential activities between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Members of the same household may leave their home during this time as long as they do not interact with other households, and activities related to “the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure” are exempt, according to the state’s order.  

Remember, HCPH strongly discourages traveling for nonessential travel, including holiday travel

Due to public health recommendations all students, staff, and faculty are required to: 

  • Quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus if you’ve traveled outside California. 
  • Quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus if you’ve traveled outside Humboldt County and your activities put you at higher risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding travel (link).

In addition, the county strongly recommends not hosting any visitors from any part of the state or country with widespread COVID-19. Student residents are required to quarantine for 14 days if they host anyone from outside Humboldt County.  

Quarantine means not visiting campus services, and not returning to your in-person job—unless you work virtually, you'll miss at least 14 days of work. And keep in mind that HSU has limited quarantine spaces available for Housing residents. 

See the full HCPH guidelines here. 

Please visit the Human Resources Leaves and Disability Web Page for information regarding COVID-19-related leaves (CPAL) as well as the COVID-19 Leave Request Form. Note that CSU COVID-19-related leaves expire on December 31, 2020. If you have exhausted the available COVID leaves and remote work is not an option, you will be required to use your own sick/vacation leave banks during your quarantine. Email Human Resources at for additional questions you may have regarding leaves or benefits. 

This will affect campus operations in various ways, possibly including work shifts, travel, and shelter-in-place restrictions. 

As cases increase in Humboldt County, it is crucial to adhere to the HSU Social Responsibility Commitment to protect yourself and your community. Read the commitment here. The recent rise of COVID-19 cases in Humboldt County corresponds with an increase in state and national cases, and increasingly is coming from community transmission, meaning it's unknown where people were infected.


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